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Where are Australia’s liberal values when it comes to Afghanistan?

Daryl Guppy, South China Morning Post – 17 July 2021 In this opinion article on SCMP, Daryl Guppy questions Australia’s adherence to its liberal values regarding delays in granting visas to the Afghan subcontractors who supported the Australian forces during their military occupation. Guppy states “walking away from those who put their lives on the…

Japan, Australia to promote regional trade deals

Japan Today – 16 July 2021 In the recent third Japan-Australia Ministerial Economic Dialogue, both Tokyo and Canberra agreed the importance of both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in economic recovery after Covid-19 restrictions and agreed on a commitment to promoting the two regional trade deals. Read the full article here.

What’s next for maritime cooperation between Indonesia and Australia?

Aristyo Rizka Darmawan, Asia and the Pacific Policy Society – 16 July 2021 The current Joint Declaration and Plan of Action between Australia and Indonesia is approaching the end of its terms, at which point both nations should “reflect on what can be done differently in order to enhance maritime cooperation into the future”. According…

Myanmar rights advocates blast Australian inertia on sanctions

Jessica Mudditt, Nikkei Asia – 2 July 2021 Australia’s government has come under intense scrutiny from experts, activists and opposition parties for its handling of the violence in Myanmar. The government say that the question of whether to impose sanctions is still under review and depends on national-interest, whilst critics argue that there is significant…

Boosting the Australia–Malaysia strategic partnership

Adam Leong Kok Wey, East Asia Forum – 12 July 2021 This post on East Asia Forum discusses the potential for developing Australia and Malaysia’s strategic relationship, particularly through the lens of The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The article argues that “there is significant potential for Australia and Malaysia to develop their strategic relationship through the…

Australia should bet on digital engagement with Southeast Asia

Huong Le Thu, 29 June 2021 – ASPI Strategist Late last year, Australia committed to $500 million in development aid for the Southeast Asia region, providing immediate assistance in infrastructure, public health and maritime resources. However, this article argues that Australia should invest in the region’s future, particularly in the digital and tech industry, in…

As China’s Communist Party turns 100, economic challenges loom

Michael Standaert, Al Jazeera – 28 June 2021 According to this article on Al Jazeera, Chinese officials should be wary of the “middle-income trap” if the government fails to address issues such as income inequality and the urban-rural divide of opportunities. The author states “what is at stake in the failure to address these systemic…

Will e-CNY spur the internationalisation of the RMB?

Pei Sai Fan, Think China – 15 June 2021 This article on Think China by academic Pei Sai Fan discusses whether or not the promotion of the e-CNY can spur the internationalisation of the RMB and its replacement of the US dollar as the international trade and reserve currency. However, he notes that “instead of…